Tampa Bay Rays sign Avisail Garcia
The biggest baseball story to come out of Tampa Bay this week was the signing of former White Sox slugger Avisail Garcia to a 1 year deal.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed Avisail Garcia to a one year deal worth 3.5M which could rise to roughly 6M due to incentives. The Rays interest in the 2017 All-Star broke earlier this week and while I expected the Erik Neander to make a run at a south side slugger (Jose Abreu) this offseason, I didn’t expect it to be Avi.
The signing was finalized just a few short days ago. Marc Topkin had the details regarding the incentives in the deal.
- 350 plate appearances: $250,000
- Every 50 plate appearances after that: $250,000
- 650 plate appearances: $1,000,000
Garcia will bring added power to the right side of the plate, which the Rays have been searching for especially after missing out on Nelson Cruz.
Avisail was an All-Star in 2017. He hit .330/.380/.506 with 18 homers and 80 RBI. His 2018 results did not mirror those of his 2017 campaign. Garcia is confident that with his injury riddled 2018 behind him, he can return to his 2017 form.